|Birth name||Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner|
6 October 1994 (23 years old)|
Lambeth, South London, England, United Kingdom
Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, better known by the stage name Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician and actor. His sound has been described by NME as "sensitive and eloquent" and by The Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".
Carner was born in Lambeth, South London and brought up in South Croydon by his mother, Jean, his step-father, Nik, and his younger brother, Ryan. He has had minimal contact with his father, who is of Guyanese descent. He has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.
At the age of thirteen, Loyle Carner had a small role in the 2008 film 10,000 BC, credited as "Young Hunter". He started his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon, and moved on to study at the Brit School, and began studying on the acting degree at the Drama Centre. In 2014, he dropped out of the Drama Centre after his stepfather died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), and decided to focus on his music.
Carner is a Liverpool F.C. supporter, although at concerts he wears his stepfather's Eric Cantona shirt, (a passionate Man United supporter, Eric Cantona was his idol) – Loyle named his 2016 tour after the player in memory of his stepfather. He also supporters Scottish football club Rangers F.C. and was quoted saying, "My grandad was a Glasgow Rangers fan. We used to go see Rangers play together."
Carner played his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland in October 2012 supporting MF Doom. He released his first EP in September 2014, titled A Little Late, which was well received. He supported Joey Badass on his UK tour and went on to play the 2015 UK festival season, including Glastonbury Festival. He went on tour and collaborated with poet and spoken-word artist Kate Tempest in late 2015. In October 2015 he played on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series. In late August 2016, he supported Nas in his show at the O2 Academy Bristol.
Awards and nominations
|2017||Mercury Prize||Album of the Year||Yesterday's Gone||Nominated|||
|2018||NME Awards||Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5||Loyle Carner||Won|||
|NME Awards||Best Album supported by Orange Amplification||Yesterday’s Gone||Nominated|||
|Brit Awards||British Breakthrough Act||Loyle Carner||Nominated|||
|Brit Awards||British Male Solo Artist||Loyle Carner||Nominated|||
- Yesterday's Gone (2017)
- A Little Late (2014)
- Horan, Tom; Horan, Tom (9 October 2016). "Loyle Carner review – the sentimental face of grime". The Guardian.
- "Ain't Nothing Changed – Loyle Carner".
- "Loyle Carner Interviewed: 'Grime Changed my Life'". NME. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "Loyle Carner shares his family strife to create awkwardly confessional hip-hop". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- Cliff, Aimee (14 September 2017). "Sampha Has Won The 2017 Mercury Prize". The Fader. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "Loyle Carner: Why the South London rapper's album may have you in tears - NME". NME. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- "Croydon rapper Loyle Carner – following in the footsteps of Bastille and Clean Bandit at LeeFest".
- Famurewa, Jimi (5 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: It was drilled into me from a young age that music had to have a story". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- "Staying Loyle to your Roots". Guestlist. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- Sweeney, Chris (13 September 2017). "IBROX LOYLE Mercury Prize contender Loyle Carner says his biggest influence was his Rangers-mad grandad". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "New Music: Loyle Carner & Kate Tempest 'Guts'". MOBO. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "Loyle Carner – Heard 'Em Say (Radio 1 Piano Session, 17 Oct 2015)". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- Bingham, Jaguar (19 November 2016). "Loyle Carner is dropping his debut album". Mixmag. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- "Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist". Independent. 13 September 2017.
- "Winners | NME Awards 2018". NME. 14 February 2018.
- "Nominees | NME Awards 2018". NME. 17 January 2018.
- "Nominees | Brits 2018". BBC. 13 January 2018.
- "The Brit Awards 2018 nominations: Stormzy goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran for Best British Male". Evening Standard.